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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 18I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 18’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 974.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Þá buðu þeir á móti
þeim, er sunnan kómu,
til geirhríðar greppum
gǫrla, Nóregs jarlar.
Þar var mestr á méli
(morðremmandi) skǫmmu
(margr var at Laufa leiki)
landherr saman fundinn.

Þá buðu þeir jarlar Nóregs gǫrla greppum til {geirhríðar} á móti þeim, er kómu sunnan. Mestr landherr var fundinn saman þar á skǫmmu méli; {margr morðremmandi} var at {leiki Laufa}.
‘Then those jarls of Norway forcefully bade [their] men to the spear-storm [BATTLE] against those who came from the south. The greatest force from the land was brought together there in a short time; many a battle-strengthener [WARRIOR] was at the play of Laufi <legendary sword> [BATTLE].

notes and context

Acting on partially false intelligence that Hákon jarl is in Hǫrundarfjǫrðr (Hjørundfjorden), and is unaware of them and accompanied by small forces, Búi and his companions prepare to go there. Meanwhile, Hákon and his son Eiríkr have assembled a force of 180 ships in Hallkelsvík (Hallkjellsvik). They learn that the ships of the Jómsvíkingar are lying off the island of Hǫð (Hareid), and head north in search of them.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Bjarni Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 18: AII, 4, BII, 4-5, Skald II, 3; Fms 11, 168, Fms 12, 244, Jvs 1879, 110-11, 132; Fms 1, 169, Fms 12, 41, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 186 (ch. 90), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 24-5, 78.


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